Memo: Deasy Touts Progress on Safety, Suspensions, & English Learners
Brianna Sacks | June 5, 2013
Superintendent John Deasy recently laid out his vision for the Los Angeles Unified School District over the next three years.
Though he focused mainly on his top priorities for spending future revenue, Deasy also reflected on the school system’s recent gains, including 800 new campus safety aides assigned to elementary and middle schools across the city.
One of the district’s greatest achievements has been the remarkable progress made by English Language Learners, according to Deasy. As a whole, LAUSD students who are still learning English increased in proficiency at a higher rate than all other students, scoring at 38 percent on the English/Language Arts Periodic Assessment exam in the 2013 school year compared to 25 percent the year before.
Deasy also noted that the district has seen a 44 percent drop in out-of-class suspensions during since the 2011-2012 school year and will most likely see that number increase since LAUSD became the first district in the state to ban suspensions for “willful defiance.”
Read the Superintendent’s full report here.